I have a DLC 8. I've misplaced the small white clip that slips under the lip cover in back. When you snap the bowl to the base and then snap the cover in place this clip slides over the white stem in back that allows the power swicth to activate. I have everything but that! I've called cuisinart and they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. My unit was purchased in the late 80"s but still works like a dream. I did find an entire unit on ebay and the seller sent me a photo.
I found a key ring, and bent it out until the ends both poked into the holes where the clip was lost. I want to find a replacement clip, but this fixed the problem of putting it together each time it is turned over!!!
In my area, Hamilton, ON., there is a small appliance repair shop called "Hacks". They service all small appliances including my Cuisinart DLC 8 Plus. . Perhaps there is one in your area you could call.
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Mine is older and works fine once I realized bowl has to be snapped into place before the cover and then the cover has to be locked in. This activates a small button at the base of the bowl that activates a safety switch.
I had the same problem: Cuisinart sent a "replacement" sheath for my DLC-8E which turned out to be the wrong one. When I replaced mine,which was cracked, none of my blades would fit over the new sheath! I "solved" the problem by purchasing a new DLC-8E motor base on Ebay for only $9.99!
You have to remove the pusher first by twisting it off. Then press the sides of the pusher sleeve inward and slide the sleeve up and out of place. Then twist off the lid - all twisting on these food processors works either clockwise or counterlcokwise - not both. Then twist the work bowl to the left (clockwise). Voila!
My wife was given this unit from an elderly gentleman that was done trying to make it work.
I just fixed the same problem as above. Note - I do not have a manual for this unit.
True above about the bowl cover being locked in position but found the key to make it work is also the white lid to the left of the bowl cover. I was locking and unlocking this white lid with no results. Then I removed the bowl cover and found the white lid cover was loose and easily removed this white lid to inspect inside ( why this cover removes I have no clue).
Anyway I was able to snap the white cover firmly on and turn counter clockwise to lock in place ( six o’clock position), then after putting the bowl cover back on and snapping in place it works.
Note - I do not need to turn the white lid cover to install or remove the clear bowl cover, this could be because it looks like one of the clear tabs might be broken on the locking area of the clear bowl cover. If you have two tabs the same shape on the bowl cover you may need twist the white lid clockwise to install and remove the bowl cover and counter clockwise to lock in place so the unit works, but now that my white lid is snapped firmly in place it hardly moves with the force of both hands trying to turn it.
Hope this helps someone.
Good Luck !
Dan L. P.